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The World in 2050

Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future

Laurence C. Smith - Author

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ISBN 9780452297470 | 336 pages | 25 Oct 2011 | Plume | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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"The World in 2050 is a compelling portrait of the future and vividly relates the big challenges facing the world now."
-Jared Diamond, author of Collapse

The world's population is exploding, wild species are vanishing, and our environment is degrading. What kind of world are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? Just who will flourish-and who will fail-in our evolving world?

Combining the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data, Guggenheim fellow Laurence C. Smith predicts how the eight nations of the Arctic Rim (including the United States) will become increasingly powerful while the nations around the equator struggle for survival. Like Bjorn Lomborg's The Skeptical Environmentalist, The World in 2050 is as credible as it is controversial, projecting the looming benefits as well as the problems of climate change.



Prologue Flying into Fort McMurray

Chapter 1 Martell’s Hairy Prize

PART ONE: THE PUSH

Chapter 2 A Tail of Teeming Cities

Chapter 3 Iron, Oil, and Wind

Chapter 4California Browning, Shanghai Drowning

PART TWO: THE PULL

Chapter 5 Two Weddings and a Computer Model

Chapter 6 One if by Land, Two if by Sea

Chapter 7 The Third Wave

Chapter 8 Good-bye Harpoon, Hello Briefcase

PART THREE: ALTERNATE ENDINGS

Chapter 9 The Pentagon Report

Chapter 10 The New North

Notes

Credits

Acknowledgments

Index


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